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Holden Beach, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Holden Beach had a population of 674 as of July 1, 2020. Holden Beach ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Holden Beach is located at latitude 33.9135 and longitude -78.3039 in Brunswick County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Holden Beach encompass a land area of 2.71 sq. miles and a water area of 0.71 sq. miles. Brunswick County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 3 feet.

The Town of Holden Beach (GNIS ID: 2405849) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Town of Holden Beach is located within Township of Lockwoods Folly, a minor civil division (MCD) of Brunswick County.


Holden Beach, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 674 (100%)
Population in Households 674 (100.0%)
Population in Families 540 (80.1%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 245
Diversity Index2 13


Median Household Income $92,304
Average Household Income $130,424
% of Income for Mortgage4 20%
Per Capita Income $66,760
Wealth Index5 264


Total HU (Housing Units) 2,761 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 310 (11.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 35 ( 1.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,416 (87.5%)
Median Home Value $431,746
Average Home Value $516,855
Housing Affordability Index3 130


Total Households 345
Average Household Size 1.95
Family Households 234
Average Family Size 2
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 1.56% 1.75%
Households 1.51% 1.74%
Families 1.35% 1.65%
Median Household Income   1.33%
Per Capita Income   1.73%
Owner Occupied HU   1.68%


Holden Beach, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Holden Beach to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 509 31st
Population Density # 613 17th
Median Household Income # 27 96th
Housing Affordability Index # 101 14th
Per Capita Income # 5 99th
Diversity Index # 702 5th

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